Erika Fanselow, Ph.D.

  • Teaching Associate Professor, Neuroscience

Dr. Fanselow joined the Department of Neuroscience in 2015, where she teaches undergraduate students a range of topics including neuroanatomy and synaptic transmission. Dr. Fanselow previously worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh and as a neurophysiology consultant. Dr. Fanselow’s research focused primarily on the roles different kinds of inhibitory neurons play in regulating neocortical circuit activity. In addition, she conducted research on the use of trigeminal nerve stimulation to control epileptic seizures. She earned her B.A. in Biology and Music from Case Western Reserve University and her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Duke University. She completed her postdoctoral training at Brown University.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Fanselow serves on the Department of Neuroscience Curriculum Committee, and is the Co-Chair of the Department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

Teaching-related publications and presentations

Grisham W, Casimo K, Fanselow EE, Nahmani M, White LE (2022) Teaching Neuroscience: Reviving Neuroanatomy, Notes on the 2022 Society for Neuroscience Professional Development Workshop on Teaching, submitted to Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education

Society for Neuroscience Webinar: Teaching Neuroscience: Reviving Neuroanatomy, Society for Neuroscience Professional Development Workshop on Teaching Fanselow, EE (2022) Creating 3D digital models of nervous system structures: a hands-on undergraduate neuroanatomy course project

Synaptic Transmission, Stephen D. Meriney and Erika E. Fanselow, 2019, Academic Press, ISBN: 978-0128153208 (Textbook)

Pittsburgh Regional Faculty Symposium: poster presentation: Fanselow, EE, Thornton S (2019) Students design 3B Brain Models to Learn and Teach Neuroanatomy

Assessment and Teaching Conference, University of Pittsburgh, poster presentation: Fanselow, EE, Thornton S (2019) Students create 3D models of brain structures to enhance visualization of neuroanatomy

Educause Webinar: video webinar presentation in session entitled eXtended Reality: How AR, VR, and MR are Extending Learning Opportunities: Fanselow, EE, Lehman, M, Thornton S (2018) Modeling the Brain in 3D: Students Design 3D Models to Learn and Teach Neuroanatomy

Links to online information about to 3D brain modeling project developed for Functional Neuroanatomy Honors Practicum course: